Up and Down

I am going to attempt to tell the story about a woman who has definite roots in Perry County, Missouri, and a man that may have had his origins in the 1839 German immigration led by Rev. Martin Stephan.  One thing we do know is that there was some movement by these two up and … More Up and Down

A Lot of Grass Died

Normally when I see that a child was born to an original immigrant in December of 1838, I think that the baby must have been born aboard one of the ships coming across the Atlantic Ocean.  Today’s birthday girl is an exception.  She was born in New York City and her parents were already in … More A Lot of Grass Died

Gaebler the Grocer

One of the character traits of the German Lutherans who came to Perry County is their ability to take on new professions.  For example, many of the original immigrants came to America with other skill sets, but ended up being farmers here because that was what was needed.  However, there are other examples as well, … More Gaebler the Grocer

Cherokee Uprising

Sometime later this month, Earthbound Brewing will begin operating their business in the old stock house that used to be part of the Cherokee Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cherokee Brewery began in 1867 under the leadership of Ferdinand Herold and George Loebs.  George Loebs has very distinct connections to East Perry County.  By … More Cherokee Uprising

From New York to Perry County to Collinsville

When Holy Cross Lutheran Church began in 1848, there were five families who were involved in its organization.  Two of those five families had connections to Perry County.  Those two were the Fischer and Grass families.  Before I was done rounding up information about those two, I managed to find a few other Perry County … More From New York to Perry County to Collinsville

Rufus….Herr Schneider

Rufus Schneider was the teacher in Wittenberg, Missouri from 1906-1912.  During his tenure here, Rufus found himself a bride.  He married Concordia Lueders, another Wittenberg resident.  A mention was made in Birner Hotel – Wittenberg that Rufus was a boarder at the Birner Hotel in the 1910 census.  I will attempt to give you a … More Rufus….Herr Schneider

Mama Loeber

On July 16, 1852, Sophie Henriette Wilhelmine (Zahn) Loeber died in St. Louis, Missouri.  I have discovered that there are several similarities between this Mama Loeber and the Mama Buenger who is the main character in my book. Wilhelmine was the wife of Rev. Gotthold Loeber, who was the first pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church … More Mama Loeber